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PAGE 2, SECTION M GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE X WWW.GREATFALLSTRIBUNE.COM SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2013 OBITUARIES Thomas Parr Thomas Parr Jr., 89, a retired military veteran, of Great Falls, died of natural causes Wednesday, Feb. 20. Visitation is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Crox-ford Funeral Home, 1307 Central Avenue. Funeral Liturgy is 1:30 p.m. Thurs- Parr day, Feb. 28, at Croxford Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. Croxford Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Thomas was born in Whitehaven, England, to Tom and Ruth (Nixon) Parr, Aug. 27, 1923. The family moved to the United States in 1927. He joined the navy when he was 17, serving from 1941 to 1960. He served aboard the USS Solace during the Pearl Harbor Jill Lenihan Jill (Roudebush) Lenihan, 62, of Great Falls, died after a long illness Friday, Feb. 22, at peace hospice. No services are planned. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory. Jill was born March 15, 1950, to Harold and Orma Roudebush in Great Falls and was raised in Carter. She graduated as Valedictorian from Fort Benton High School and received her higher education at Eastern Montana College in Billings, as well as the College of Great Falls. She worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield for many years. Patricia Hansen RAYNESFORD Patricia Ann (Sandbo) Hansen, 92, of Raynesford, died of natural causes Wednesday, Feb. 20, at a local assisted living facility. Memorial service is 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Schnider Funeral Home. Born on Dec. 12, 1920, in Lewistown, Pat v." was the young- :. est daughter of ' " E.O. and Flor- . v ence (preston) : .Jv- Sandbo, sister k ,M to Shirley and Bates m Preston. The Hansen family lived in Roy, and when Pat was a first grader they moved to Stanford where they bought and operated the local drug store. Their mother drove the girls 50 miles on gravel roads and then some to Great Falls for music lessons. Pat grew up making chocolate sodas at her father's drug store in Stanford and later graduated from Stanford High School in 1938. Having a passion for art, she continued her education at the Montana State College graduating in 1942, with degrees in Applied Art, Music and Home Economics. An accomplished musician, she played first chair violin in the MSC Orchestra. She was also very active in many clubs including, Art Club, Chorus, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, Ski Club, Rifle Team, Majorettes, Homecoming Queen, Miss MSC and ROTC Sponsor. In Aug. 1942, Pat, her sister Shirley and their mother boarded a train for Ark. where she married William W. Gait. He died in World War II in 1944, and was posthumously awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor for his service. During the war years she taught school in Stanford and Bozeman. In 1948, Pat married Wendell Hansen, a third generation rancher of Raynesford. Pat and Wendell raised their three sons on the ranch. Pat had a love of nature, painting, gardening and hunting, her seven Huns with one shot has never been equaled. She commuted to teaching jobs in Geyser and Stan attack, earning 8 Battle Stars for World War II, South Pacific and Guadalcanal. When he retired from the navy, he spent 18 years as a civil servant with the USAF, ending his career in Germany. In 1945, he married Dorothy Sanger. During their marriage they enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and walking in the mountains was their greatest pleasure and pastime. Tom and Dorothy traveled extensively as Tom served in the military and civil service. Dorothy died in 1987. He remarried in 1988, to Patti Warning. Patti died in 2007. Tom is survived by daughters, Cheryl (Dennis) Raaen, Barb (Bill) Brown, Chris (Ber-nie) Boilek and Robin (Dennis) Ackerman; eight grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren. Dad, it's been a long journey rest in peace. Condolences may be shared at Jill loved animals, especially her dog Sydney. She loved camping, going to horse races and being with family. Survivors include her mother, Orma Roudebush; her sister, Andrea Pimperton both of Carter; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold J. Roudebush Jr. Memorials are suggested to Peace Hospice at 1101 26th S S, Great Falls, MT 59405, to Dedman Foundation of Fort Benton at 2400 High St, Box 1282, Fort Benton, MT 59442 or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared at www.croxford ford from 1963 to 1976, and later commuted to Great Falls to be Ethan Allen Furniture's home decorator and planner. Pat was a gifted teacher and shared her artistic abilities with many students and touched many lives in Judith Basin County. Pat's music came full circle when she taught her grandchildren. Teaching them piano and violin is a time they will cherish. She was a loving mother and a skilled seamstress. Pat made beautiful clothing with impeccable style to perfectly fit her family's individual sizes. She loved raising her dogs and caring for her cats by carrying warm milk to the barn each morning, even through the cold and snowy winters. Who could compare the gallons and gallons of berries she picked for canning or the way she carefully peeled each skin off the grapes in her concord grape pies. Her lemon meringue wasn't bad, either. She tenderly cared for the ranch by painting the buildings, fixing broken windows and picking cans out of the ditch along the highway. Pat was the kind of woman who brought people together. Everyone was welcome at the ranch. She always took special care and prepared extra food for the occasion when unexpected visitors would drop in. It pleased Pat to entertain her family and friends. And let's not forget how much she loved to dance with Wendell, they were always the last to leave. Pat will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Patricia is survived by her sons, Rick (Janine) Hansen of Bozeman, Brent (Jenifer) Hansen of Belt and Lee (Jean-nie) Hansen of Raynesford; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Capt. William Gait in World War II; her second husband, Wendell Hansen in 2008; brother, Preston Sandbo; and sister, Shirley Hammer. The family wishes to thank Azalea Place for taking such kind and loving care of Pat during the last years of her life. We are grateful. Memorials in Patricia's name may be made to the Judith Basin County Museum, 93 3rd Street S., Stanford, MT 59479. Condolences for the family may be posted online at Eva Maye Braunberger Eva Maye Braunberger, 86, of Great Falls, died of bone cancer Thursday, Feb. 21, at a Peace Hospice facility. Memorial service is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Hill-crest Lawn Memorial Chapel with a reception following. Interment will Braunberger follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Conrad for anyone who wishes to accompany the processional. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Eva was born in 1926, in Conrad, and grew up on the family farm where she was the apple of her father's eye. In 1948, she married Wes Pearson who owned an electric shop and appliance store in Conrad. Three daughters were born before they packed up and moved to California. While in California, the family enjoyed showing horses, participating in parades and traveling to western riding events. Montana was never far from their hearts and they returned annually to visit friends and family. When Wes and Eva divorced in 1967, Eva and Echo moved to Great Falls to be near family. Eva worked for many years at Gordon's Restaurant and Cascade Coach, where she was the quality control chief. She married David Roland in 1975. David died suddenly in 1981. Eva later married Reuben Braunberger and moved to the home they built on the Dearborn. Here they lived comfortably along the Mickey Mathews PLANO, Texas Mickey Mathews, 66, of Piano, Texas, died of complications from the heart Thursday, Feb. 7, in Piano. Mickey's ashes will be scattered in his , , favorite fishing hole at a small i- i family gather- -m m this sum- - - mer. Mathews Mickey was born July 8, 1946, in Helena and was adopted shortly thereafter by William and Bertha (Wrolstad) Mathews. He married Deborah Burch Turner on March 8, 1992, in Las Vegas, Nev. Mickey grew up in Great Falls where he completed his primary and secondary education. He graduated from Montana State University on a football scholarship, where he never lost to a Grizzly, a feat he was always proud of. After which he played in the AFL for the Denver Broncos. Mickey coached football and taught at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas where he also earned two master degrees. Later, while working for Brown-Forman Corp., Mickey graduated with honors from Pepperdine University's Executive MBA Program. After coaching, Mickey worked briefly for the Mathews Answering Service in Bernard Gayton Armstrong HAVRE Bernard Gayton Armstrong, 76, of Havre, died of lung cancer in January 2013. Services have taken place. He is survived by his wife, Patti; sons, Karl and Brian; brother, Tom; and two grandchildren. CORRECTION In Eveyln Smith's obituary, published Wednesday, Feb. 20, should have said she worked at Sanvik's, Inc. in Rudyard. Evelyn Smith, 84, of Havre, died of natural causes Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Northern Montana Care Center. If you know someone suffering from Parkinson's, you'll be glad to know scientists at McLaughlin Research Institute are working on research that may lead to treatments or a cure. beauty of the Missouri River Canyon. Eva and Reuben spent many wonderful winters in Arizona, but always returned to their beloved Montana. In 2005, Eva and Reuben moved back to Great Fall due to Reuben's failing health. Reuben died quietly in 2007. She met and became dear friends with Phil Thompson at the Family Fellowship Church. They enjoyed many trips together including those to Alaska and Hawaii. Phil was with her every day during the difficult last few weeks. Eva will always be remembered for her fashion sense, her classic style and her clever wit. Remember her with a smile. Eva is survived by her daughters, Echo (Ron) Ukrai-netz of Great Falls and Faye Bradfield of Fayetteville, N.C.; very special friend, Phil Thompson of Great Falls; grandsons, John and David Romenesko, Tim Black, Frank, Mike and Tommi Bumpus. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Chester H. and Reva F. Thomas; brother, Chet Thomas Jr.; sister, Dorothea Thomas; and daughter, Grace DeeAnn Rowe. Donations are suggested in her name to the CM Russell Acquisitions Fund, 400 13th St N, Great Falls, MT 59401, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, 1400 1st Ave N, Great Falls, MT 59401 or Great Falls Education Foundation Condolences for the family may be posted on line at Great Falls with his mother. Mickey was in sales for the Brown-Forman Corp. for over 27 years starting out in Montana and ending up in Louisville, Ky. with stints in Albuquerque, San Francisco, Richmond and Philadelphia. During this time he won many sales awards, finishing his career with the establishment of the company's national accounts organization and calling on their largest retail customers. In his retirement, he umpired softball for the Piano Sports Assoc., Softball Players Assoc. He enjoyed fly fishing and traveling. Mickey experienced much success throughout his education and his business career, but the riches that he valued most were the many friendships he made along the way. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Mathews of Piano, Texas; sons, Jon Mathews of Spokane, Wash., Todd Mathews of Missoula and Kyle Turner of Dallas, Texas; and daughter, Elise Turner of Wilmington, Del. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family requests that memorials in lieu of flowers be made to the Montana State University-Bobcat Football, Bobcat Club, Montana State University, P.O. Box 173270, Bozeman, Montana 59717-3270. Lyle Green WOLF POINT Lyle (Rick) Green, 69, of Wolf Point, died of cancer Wednesday, Feb. 20, at his home in Wolf Point. Memorial mass is 10 a.m. March 2, at the Immaculate Conception r, Catholic " Church in Wolf Point. Crema--i 7 tion has taken J place. Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is handling the arrange-Green ments. Grave side ceremony and interment will take place later this summer. He is survived by his wife, Rose of Wolf Point; son, D. Paul Green of Mukilteo, Wash.; daughter, Sharon (Don) France; one granddaughter; daughter, Bobbi Jo Green of Los Angeles, Calif.; and "adopted" daughter, Shayne Lee. Gladys Gerhart Gladys (Krebs) Gerhart, 96, of Great Falls, formerly of Belt, died of natural causes Thursday, Feb. 21, at Peace Hospice. Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Schnider Funeral Home. Funeral service is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Hillcrest Lawn Gerhart Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. A dessert reception will follow at Schnider Funeral Home. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Gladys was born on the family ranch west of Belt, on May 28, 1916, to Ann (Davidson) and Samuel A. Krebs. She attended rural schools near the family ranch and in the town of Belt. She graduated valedictorian from Belt Valley High School in 1934. After getting a degree she was employed by General Motors Insurance Corporation, followed by Farmer's Union Grain in Great Falls. On Nov. 9, 1939, she married George Gerhart and they lived on ranches near Monarch, Raynesford and Belt. Her wishes will be honored to keep their property in the family. Hallmarks for which she will be remembered include the "gift of hospitality," big meals ending with a variety desserts, especially pies, cakes and cookies, each efficiently served with coffee! She treated the men in work clothes with the same respect and kindness as she Christina Dawn lllsley Christina Dawn lllsley, 51, of Great Falls, died of breast cancer Saturday, Feb. 9, at peace hospice. Services will take place this summer in California. Cremation has taken place. Christina was born March 18, 1961, in Compton, Calif. She was raised and graduated from Carson high school in 1979, then graduated from El Camino College in Torrance, lllsley Calif, in 2010. She was the founder of Gods Plan for the Children and was a Children and Family Rights Activist. She lived by her words, Dream the impossible, Believe in miracles, Love with all your heart, Live for today, Love Jesus and Forgive all. Her interests were animals and helping children. She is survived by son, Justin Croix of Great Falls; and sisters, Bonnie Gillian of Lo-mita, Calif, and Cindy VanDe-Kop of Great falls. Eugene Kenneth Racine BROWNING Eugene Kenneth Racine, 71, caretaker at the Museum of the Northern Plains Indians in Browning and who enjoyed picnics at Glacier Parker, died of cancer Thursday, Feb. 21, at Ben-efis. r" Rosary ser vice is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Old Eagle Shield Center. Funeral mass is 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Little yi-;- Racine Flower Catholic Church. Pondera Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Survivors include his partner of 9 years, Beverly J. Buckley; daughters, Lavern Daniels of Wash, and Alisa Higgins of Juno, Alaska; brothers, Allen B. Racine of Cut Bank and Patrick B. Racine of Seattle; sisters, Inez Towner and Marzene Lewis both of Mukiltzo, Wash, and Annette Pellegrini of Tonas-kit, Wash.; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Consider funding research and education on Parkinson's and related brain disorders at McLaughlin Research Institute through: Current gifts of stock, life insurance policies or other assets Memorial Designations Your Will McLaughlin Research Institute for Biomedical Sciences 1520 23 St So., Great Falls, MT 59405 406-454-6009 did the well-dressed Sunday visitors. The perfectly sewn garments, many with beautiful hand embroidery, personally designed potholders and aprons, decorated dishto-wels, baby and children's clothing all became practical gifts made with love and care. She was humble, kind and generous, truly loving her friends and family. Mountain bluebirds were her favorite birds, but she appreciated all of nature except rattlesnakes and she was adept at "doing them in" with a garden hoe! After becoming a Christian, she read her bible daily. Probably the most difficult task she ever did was providing care for George for 19 months in their home after he had strokes and heart attacks. They loved one another for more than 60 years. She is survived by her daughter, Sereta (Bill) Taylor of Great Falls; sister, Mabel (Fred) Heckerman of Missoula; sister-in-law, Mildred (Joe) Heyde of Great Falls and Holly (Greg) Heser of Lewistown; three greatgrandchildren, Sereta, Garth and Ava Heser all of Billings; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her parents; and her brothers, Clyde and Jack Krebs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Belt Volunteer Ambulance Service, PO Box 74, Belt, MT 59412 or a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences for the family may be posted online at Dorothy Miller MERCER ISLAND, Wash. Dorothy (Urquhart) Miller, 82, of Mercer Island, Wash., died after a long illness Monday, Feb. 11, in Bellevue, Wash. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel, with burial at Highland Cemetery. Schnider Funeral Home handled arrangements. Dorothy "Dodie" (Urquhart) Miller Miller was born on Sept. 19, 1930, in Great Falls to Charles and Stella (Bowman) Urquhart of Salem. Dorothy graduated from Great Falls High School in 1947. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Montana in 1951, and was a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority. Dorothy was a stewardess for Northwest Airlines from 1951 to 1956, flying out of Minneapolis, Portland and Seattle. Dorothy and Rudolph Miller were married in 1956, and made their home in Seattle, Wash. They later divorced in 1977, and Rudy died in 1995. In her younger years, Dorothy played tennis and golf. She was a skier and an original member of the Forelauf er Ski Club. Dorothy was an avid bowler, participating in several leagues over the years and many tournaments. Dorothy was a sports fan, she especially enjoying baseball. Dorothy is survived by her son, Hugh (Donna) Miller of Mercer Island, Wash.; daughter, Elizabeth (Patrick) Wilson of Redmond, Wash.; grandchildren, Samuel Wilson, Quinton Miller and Nicholas Miller; sister-in-law, Mary Urquhart; and many nieces and nephews. Dorothy was a wonderful mother and grandmother and was very proud of each of her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Charles Jr. (Barbara) and Duane Urquhart. Condolences for the family may be posted online at ATV BATTERIES Battery Warehouse ! 727-0808 4L0000296383- -

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